INDIANA TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – Police have issued an arrest warrant for an Indiana Township property owner after his mobile home, barn, garage and several vehicles were destroyed by a fire.
The manhunt continued into Thursday morning hours for 52-year-old Richard Radovich, who is facing arson charges.
A neighbor was the first to call 911 Wednesday morning after noticing smoke coming from a home on Melody Lane around 9 a.m.
When firefighters arrived, flames were shooting from the building.
“Police on scene reported a fully-involved structure, immediately paged out extra companies. When we did arrive, it was fully-involved in the garage and several vehicles. Guys did the best they could for the situation. At this time, we’re just doing some overhaul, but everything looks to be pretty much under control,” Rural Ridge Fire Department’s Adam Siemianowski said.
The fire marshal spent most of the afternoon on the scene looking at what is classified as a fire under investigation.
Indiana Township Police Det. Tim Michael told KDKA-TV News that Radovich was last seen before the suspicious fire started. He said Radovich may be armed and suicidal. He has no known access to a vehicle.
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According to the warrant, a witness told investigators that a man showed up at Radovich’s trailer home Tuesday night and wanted to repossess his truck. The witness offered Radovich money to make a payment, but Radovich refused and said he was just going to burn it.
Radovich allegedly talked to one of his neighbors Wednesday morning and said, “I just want to tell you, I did it. I’m tired of it; I did it.”
He then walked away and the neighbor saw flames coming from Radovich’s trailer.
Neighbors said Radovich complained about taxes and was angry over a gas well a neighbor had on their property.
He was also upset over township officials who complained about his property’s rundown condition.